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Poster: adks12020 Date: Mar 28, 2012 6:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Songs they didn't play without Mickey

I could see it with Alligator but I personally think that songs like High Time, Candy Man, Friend of the Devil, New and Minglewood Blues all sound better with one drummer...which is why I find it surprising they didn't play them much without Mickey.

Personally, I think the slow Jerry ballads always sound best with very little percussion and bluesy numbers like Minglewood don't need two guys on drums.

There are really only a few only songs that really called for two drummers format: Samson & Delilah, Dancin', St. Stephen (maybe)....two drummers is cool but I really don't think it was ever necessary for the Dead. They just liked it and it helped beef up some of the jams.

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Poster: cvenez Date: Mar 28, 2012 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Songs they didn't play without Mickey

Agreed. I think it was more a matter of the Dead liking the sound of it. As Garcia said in their 1969 Playboy After Dark appearance, having two drummers made it sound like the music was chasing itself, similar to the serpent chasing its own tail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wx6OAfvlxTs

Personally I find the music with only Billy on drums to be much more interesting. It flows better and doesn't plod along or get weigthed down. There is a lot of interesting stuff going on with the drums/percussion when Mickey came back in 1976 but from 1977 on, the jams tend to be much more linear and less dynamic than they were from '72-74, at least to my ears.